Cars were some of the earliest toys I ever had. Small Matchbox, Dinky and Corgi cars; larger Dinky and Corgi too. I had loads of them, many of them are still around in a giant plastic tub at my parents’ house.
Some of my favourite cars were the television and movie tie-ins; models that were based on the cars in my favourite programmes and films. In some cases, these cars were more inspirational than the human characters.
Here are two cars that I have in my collection, neither of which date back to my childhood, however! In fact, both are re-issued versions of 1970s classics that I always wanted but never owned.
First up is the fantastic Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch. I Loved Starsky and Hutch when I was a nipper in the 70’s, and I always loved this car. Such an iconic design; the white go-faster stripe flash down the side of the striking red vehicle.
I did have a smaller version of this car when I was a kid; hopefully it’s still around somewhere. I’m really stoked to own this larger version though, with the mini Starsky and Hutch metal figures. Starsky is even wearing his trademark cardigan!
Next up is another classic of late 1970’s TV – the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. This is the car that gave me lifelong love of Dodge Chargers. The Confederate flag on the roof is anachronistic and awkward these days, but hey – they were simpler days.
The flag has dubious associations, but that car is COOL. Plus it also has tiny little figures of Bo and Luke Duke with it. No Daisy Duke though, sadly.
I never owned the General in any form when I was little, so this piece is really great to have, especially for a Charger fan like me.
Both of these cars are 1:36 scale models, re-issued by Corgi and just like the 1970’s toys I remember so well.
I’ve enjoyed this little drive down retro toy car lane; I think we’ll pay another visit with some more specimens soon.